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Programme structure: History (MA) - what's running in 2018/19

Please note: It is possible that the information shown for future academic years may change due to developments in the relevant academic field. Optional unit availability varies depending on both staffing and student choice.

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status
Approaches to History HISTM2009 20 Mandatory
Researching and Writing History HISTM0055 20 Mandatory
Dissertation HISTM1000 60 Mandatory
In consultation with the programme director, students may choose from the following in place of HISTM2009 or HISTM0055:
Research Skills for Medievalists AFACM1001 20 Optional
Students must choose a further 80 Credits from the following optional units:
The Apocalypse in Culture and Society (1000-1500) HISTM0032 20 Optional
Making History Public HISTM2016 20 Optional
Ideology, Poverty and Famines HISTM2017 20 Optional
Constructing the 'Other' in Western Europe, c.1000 - 1400 (Lecture Response Unit) HISTM0045 20 Optional
Death, Doctors and Disease (Lecture Response Unit) HISTM0046 20 Optional
Food: a Global History (Lecture Response Unit) HISTM0048 20 Optional
Genocide in the Twentieth Century and Beyond (Lecture Response Unit) HISTM0049 20 Optional
History in the Middle Ages (Lecture Response Unit) HISTM0051 20 Optional
Holocaust Landscapes (Lecture Response Unit) HISTM0058 20 Optional
Pirates (Lecture Response Unit) HISTM0053 20 Optional
Global Cities HISTM0061 20 Optional
Themes in the History of Colonialism HISTM0017 20 Optional
Europe: A Fractal History 1945-1989 (Level M Lecture Response) HISTM0065 20 Optional
Research Skills for Medievalists AFACM1001 20 Optional
Introductory Latin AFACM1003 20 Optional
Beyond the Battlefield: Environment and Conflict HUMSM0001 20 Optional
Personal Option Unit AFACM0007 20 Optional
Supervised Individual Study AFACM0008 20 Optional
The Public Role of the Humanities HUMSM0002 20 Optional
Big City Lights: Comparative Urban History HISTM0069 20 Optional
Voices of the People HISTM0073 20 Optional
Greed is Good: Contemporary Enterprise Culture in Britain and America HISTM0070 20 Optional
Slavery and Emancipation in the Atlantic World 1450-1870 HISTM0071 20 Optional
Tudor Britain HISTM0072 20 Optional
MA History   180  

Progression/award requirements

The pass mark set by the University for any level 7(M) unit is 50 out of 100.

For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.

Exit awards

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to exit from the programme with a postgraduate diploma or certificate.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

Degree classifications:

An award with Merit or Distinction is permitted for postgraduate taught masters, diplomas and certificates, where these are specifically named entry-level qualifications. An award with Merit or Distinction is not permitted for exit awards where students are required to exit the programme on academic grounds. An exit award with Merit or Distinction may be permitted where students are prevented by exceptional circumstances from completing the intended award.

The classification of the award in relation to the final programme mark is as follows:

Award with Distinction*: at least 65 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

Award with Merit*: at least 60 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 60 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

* The MA in Law has separate regulations for awarding distinction and merit.

Diploma/certificate stages:

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to choose, or be required, to leave at the postgraduate diploma or certificate stage.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

Additional progress information

The award of an MA with Merit in the Faculty of Arts requires at least 60 out of 100 for the taught component and at least 65 out of 100 for the dissertation.

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